Thank You

Some time during the course of last night, while visions of sugar plums danced in my head, the blog received its 12,000th visitor!  While not exactly viral – and I’m not about to stick my head in the microwave to receive a million hits – I figure it’s not too bad for a small town news site.  The first post went out last January 2nd, so we averaged a thousand hits a month.  The loyal readership put on an end of year burst as a couple of days went over 100 last week!  🙂  However, you tend to be a shy bunch – only 29 comments over the year – don’t be concerned about letting me know when I have spinach stuck in my teeth.  With 195 posts, that averaged over one every two days.  I think I’m going to have to talk to the boss, whoever that may be, about a pay raise!  Thanks again . . . and keep those cards and letters – beginning?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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One Response to Thank You

  1. Jami says:

    I think this blogsite is AWESOME. Really fun to see all the goings on from up North – can’t wait until I too am a Minnesotan! I’m starting to feel like a local! And even though I don’t know a lot of these ’65ers, it’s fun to see their high school photos compared to today (and I even recognize a few of them now!). But I will say we need more photos of the Supervisor – she is my favorite.
    The Supervisor’s Biggest Fan

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